January 20, 2021

Congressman Joe Neguse Statement on President Biden's Executive Orders on Student Loans and Evictions

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse issued the following statement on President Joe Biden’s executive orders extending pandemic-related limits on evictions and student loan payments: 

“I applaud the decisive and expedited actions on student loans and evictions taken by President Biden in his executive orders today. Millions of Americans need relief now as they face the dual crises of the pandemic and economic fallout, and I am glad to see the president working with the urgency these issues demand. These common sense proposals will help ensure everyday Americans are housed and are not overburdened with student loan debt during one of the most turbulent economic downturns in our nation’s history.” 

President Biden’s executive order on student loan relief will pause payments and accrual of new interest on federal student loans, as well as stop the collection of student loans in default. His executive order on housing will continue restrictions on evictions and foreclosures originally put in place by the CDC during the pandemic. 

Background

In December 2020, Congressman Neguse was successful in securing an extension of the CDC’s eviction moratorium as part of the end of year COVID relief package. He has been a strong proponent of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums throughout the pandemic, including by joining numerous bills and letters requesting moratorium extensions. Congressman Neguse also secured $290 million for Emergency Solutions Grants to combat homelessness in the same end of year relief legislation. He previously advocated for these funds as part of his legislation, the CARE Act for those Without Homes. 

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